No therapist is fully honest and transparent with their clients. Nor should we be. Clients typically do not benefit from knowing the first moment we suspect they may have a personality disorder or other serious pathology. We typically don't want clients to know about any countertransference reactions we may have to them. And many therapists will eagerly lie to clients when we believe it necessary to protect their safety or the safety of others. If we accept all of these as not just true but in the interest of good client care, a conversation can open about *when* to be honest and transparent with clients, when to simply stay silent, and when it may be beneficial to lie.
In this advanced workshop, we'll have that conversation. We review ethical standards related to truth in therapy, their links to common moral and philosophical stances, policies that therapists adopt around secrets in couple and family work, and a number of case examples that cut directly to the limits of our desire and intention to be honest with clients.
Articulate their own moral stance on when lying to clients may be necessary or appropriate.
Weigh the value they place on honesty against the value they place on other general ethical principles.
Defend their chosen policy on holding individual secrets in couple or family therapy.